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Sadio Mane scored 15 goals for Southampton last season

Liverpool have made Southampton striker Sadio Mane a prime summer transfer target in a £30m move.

Manager Jurgen Klopp wants the 24-year-old Senegalese to add to Liverpool’s attacking resources and is willing to make him one of the biggest signings in the club’s history to do it.

Liverpool and Southampton will continue to hold talks over a deal with the fee a potential sticking point. The Saints are likely to want around £40m for a player who scored 11 goals in 37 Premier League games last season.

This is around £10m more than the top end of Liverpool’s price range so there is still more negotiating to be done before any deal can be concluded. Southampton are also in the process of appointing a new manager after the departure of Ronald Koeman to Everton, which may also delay progress on the move.

Klopp was impressed by Mane, who was heavily linked with Manchester United during Louis van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford, when he scored twice as Southampton came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 3-2 at St Mary’s on 20 March.

Alongside England striker Daniel Sturridge and Belgium youngster Divock Origi, Mane would add pace and a goalscoring threat. Liverpool would be likely to seek to recoup much of the money by the sale of Christian Benteke, who struggled last season after his £32m switch from Aston Villa.

If he makes the move, Mane will be treading a well-worn path between Southampton and Liverpool. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved to Anfield since the summer of 2014.

It would give Saints a handsome profit on a player they bought from Salzburg for £10m two years ago and make him the third biggest signing in Liverpool’s history behind Benteke and Andy Carroll, who came from Newcastle United in a £35m deal.

Southampton have also sold midfield man Victor Wanyama to Tottenham for £11m at the start of what could be another summer of transition at St Mary’s.

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What impact would a British exit from the European Union have on the Premier League?

Would it mean that more British footballers had the chance to play in the competition and would it make it harder for European players to be signed by English clubs?

The BBC’s Europe correspondent Chris Morris looks into the situation in response to a question from a listener to Radio 4’s PM programme, Simon Warner.

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Pictures released of 72 England fans suspected of Euro 2016 violence
Composite of half of the 72 England football fans suspected of being involved in violence in Marseille,Image copyright PA
Image caption Police are hoping to identify these men suspecting of being involved in the Marseille disorder

Pictures have been released of 72 England football fans suspected of having been involved in “highly organised” violence in Marseille.

Police are hoping to identify the men involved in the clashes ahead of and during England’s Euro 2016 1-1 draw with Russia earlier this month.

The UK Football Policing Unit also urged people to hand in any photos or video of fighting in the French city.

Fourteen England fans were taken to hospital, two of whom remain there.

During the violent scenes, Russian fans attacked England supporters, throwing chairs and beer bottles.

One of them, Stewart Gray, 47, from Leicester, was found injured near the Rue Forte Notre Dame area on the afternoon of Saturday 11 June.

Police said he recently opened his eyes after being in a coma, but they have no footage showing how he came to be injured.

He was wearing a blue T-shirt and was part of a group of fans who had gathered in the city centre at about 2.30pm local tim), police added.

Iron bars

Detective Superintendent Andy Barnes said: “We are aware that there were people in the apartment above the incident who we would like to speak to as witnesses.

“They were seen to be taking video footage and this could be crucial evidence.”

Andrew Bache, 51, from Portsmouth, suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection after being set upon by Russians armed with iron bars.

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Image caption Fans could face a football banning order if found to have attacked others

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said: “The violence in Marseille was highly organised and those involved appeared determined to carry out sustained attacks at a level of aggression I have not encountered in the past 10 years.

“We are very aware that this involved a small minority of English supporters.

“Investigations will continue and these fans could be subject to a football banning order on their return to the UK.”

‘Missile thrown’

Earlier, Joe Pizarro, 34, from Kennington, south London, was given a five-year football banning order at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court.

Footage taken by French police during the fighting in Marseille appeared to show him throwing a missile.

DS Barnes said: “By acting quickly we have prevented this man from travelling back to France to cause more trouble.

“What’s more, he will not be able to cause trouble at games in the UK either.”

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Image caption Clashes broke out at the end of the match between England and Russia
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Some Russia supporters had smuggled in flares which they set off after the final whistle

Six England fans, aged 20 to 41, received jail sentences ranging from one to three months in relation to disorder surrounding the England-Russia game.

After the clashes, French police blamed 150 “well-trained” Russian hooligans for the violence.

As a result, 20 Russian fans were deported, and three were jailed for up to two years and banned from re-entering France for two years.

Russia was also hit with a fine and a suspended disqualification from the tournament. The team has since been eliminated after failing to win any of their three group games.

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Jun 242016
 
Wanyama joined Southampton for £12.5m from Celtic in 2013

Tottenham have completed the £11m signing of midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton on a five-year deal.

The move will see him reunited with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who managed the 24-year-old Kenya captain during his spell as Saints manager.

Wanyama arrived at St Mary’s from Celtic for £12.5m in 2013 and scored four goals in 85 Premier League games.

He asked to leave last summer after interest from Spurs but stayed, helping Southampton to a sixth-place finish.

In a letter addressed to Southampton fans published on his website,